The Social Model of Disability

If you’re unsure what the social model of disability is, then please, keep reading.

By looking below, you’ll see that disabled people created a very valid response to the medical model of disability. Society needs to accept various disabilities, because so many of them cannot be cured or easily amended. By accepting them, we’ll be able to access the full range of educational, social and employment opportunities that non-disabled people so often take for granted.

This image was borrowed from the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

Disabled people need to make it clear to others that our health problems are personal. We deal with them alone, and all they need to do is accept us for who we are. The task of this blog is to highlight new ways that we can explain this to them.

We’ve tried for so long to speak through the media via campaigning. I don’t think we should give up on that altogether. However, I believe we need a more original approach to get the attention of non-disabled people in society. One way we can do this is by explaining why the social model of disability works better for everybody.

Now that COVID-19 has hit us, our health system is going to need a healthier nation. It is clearly so close to falling. Disabled people can live healthier lives, and they could lead future that ask less of the NHS. But if the social model doesn’t improve for us, these healthier, happier lives won’t occur.

Depression hits disabled people hard. The condition tends to cost the NHS over £10 billion per year. But we can lower that price tag if people offer us more social accessibility. In fact, if disabled people are more involved in society, then people will understand health more. Risks will be avoided, and everybody will be healthier and happier. The US and UK are the two countries with the most overweight and obese people in the world. It doesn’t matter whether we’re using the NHS, health insurance, or are raising money on the spot.

With healthier nations among us, all people can become happier and will spend less on health problems. They need to understand this. We need to argue our case. We need to get our message across.